Red Lion Chambers is widely recognised for its expertise and knowledge in all areas of health and safety law.
Our members are engaged in prosecuting authorities, defending those at risk of prosecution and providing expert legal advice. Members also advise and represent private corporations, government bodies, individuals and charities in court prosecutions and enforcement proceedings.
Chambers’ health and safety barristers regularly appear at inquests and tribunals in the Magistrates' Courts, Crown Courts and Appeal Courts. These usually take place on behalf of major companies, directors, partnerships, the self-employed, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and local authorities and often include appeals against improvement and prohibition notices.
Chambers will vigorously defend and prosecute in all matters of health and safety law, from breaches of health and safety regulations to fatal incidents prosecuted under sections 2, 3, 33 and 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Members also provide guidance and support in relation to all Health and Safety offences, such as the breach of the Construction (Design Management) Regulations 2007.
We have a number of members who have been appointed to the regulatory list and can therefore prosecute on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Health & Safety litigation
Medical evidence regularly plays a substantial part in health and safety litigation, covering mechanical injuries, poisoning, the inhalation of gases and drowning et al.
Our members are confident analysing and processing technical evidence and are equipped to handle complex and controversial litigation cases. We have senior level experience overseeing the following:
- specialised safety equipment in a range of engineering environments
- production processes of dangerous chemical substances
- food production issues involving both machinery and foodstuffs
- health and safety regimes specific to the construction industry
- deaths within agriculture
- fatalities occurring within the care sector.
Members are highly experienced in corporate manslaughter cases, which generally run in conjunction with health and safety prosecutions, where we also have significant expertise.
Some of our members were involved in the high-profile Hatfield train crash prosecution and have gone on to present seminars on corporate manslaughter and health and safety matters.
Chambers Health & Safety work
- Appeared as a led junior instructed on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive to prosecute a multi-national corporation charged with breaching its duty to non-employees. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-34424017 (Jane Oldfield)
- Fire injury following landlord’s breach of H&S regulations (Simon Spence QC)
- Defence counsel in tragic manslaughter cold case review involving the death of a staff member who was found crushed to death in a cement mixer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-29601945 (Gillian Jones)
- Defending and prosecuting cases that include trials arising from death, major injuries or H&S breaches in a range of work places, such as heavy industry, maritime, retail and domestic (Sailesh Mehta)
- HSE joint prosecution with Environment Agency following Bacton gas plan explosion; permanent disability following a crush at work from a concrete slab (Andrew Marshall)
- Prosecuting the death of an electrician on a building site (Sara Lawson)
- Prosecuted section 2 and 3 Health & Safety at Work Act charges against a company and its directors following a fatal accident during a motorsport event when the deceased was killed by way of ligature strangulation when clothing became caught in the moving parts of the vehicle. (Tom Forster)
- Acting for a company and a director of a company as an individual being prosecuted for a number of serious environmental health offences. (Genevieve Reed)
- Prosecution of Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure Services relating to Hatfield (Richard Beynon)
- Joint breach/manslaughter prosecution (the death arising from explosive gases/use of an explosimeter (Christopher Paxton)
- Old Bailey trial arising from multiple fatalities following the collapse of a scaffold on a large construction site; (Tom Forster)
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Our barristers regularly undertake privately funded, direct access and legal aid, work.
To discuss your options in more detail and for more information regarding our transparent fees’ structure, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.
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- If you are a professional client and would like to discuss in-house training and seminar opportunities, please contact Jennifer Ukaegbu.